What Bridesmaid Dress Should You Choose for your Bridal Party?

by Marielisa Gomez - 8:22:00 PM

Choose Bridesmaid Dresses

Weddings are fantastic occasions. The best wedding are those where the bride and groom have clearly taken the time to plan every detail. These occasions are memorable, for all the right reasons, and the photos are always fantastic.

Over the years, I have been lucky enough to attend dozens of weddings, and have enjoyed every single one. However, I do have a pet peeve, and that is the way some brides dress their bridesmaids. It drives me nuts to see every bridesmaid is dressed in the same style of dress. Sometimes this approach works fine, sometimes it doesn’t. Provided the bridesmaids have a similar body type, everyone looks fantastic. In that situation, it is easy to find and choose a style of bridesmaid dress that flatters.

Unfortunately, more often than not the bridesmaids will not be the same shape, nowhere near. Often, bridesmaids are different ages, shapes and sizes. Therefore, dressing them exactly the same is rarely a good idea. A style that looks great on your curvy friend, and flatters her figure, is likely to look terrible on your skinnier bridesmaids, and vice-versa.

Fortunately, there is an easy way around this issue, and that is to use the same colours and fabrics, but vary the style and cut of each dress, slightly. That way every bridesmaid is able to wear a dress that works, and flatters her body shape.

How To Choose Bridesmaid Dresses That Flatter
You do not necessarily have to make many changes. For example, a sheath dress will only need to be adjusted slightly to suit most body types. Using high quality materials, and good corsets, lumps and bumps can easily be smoothed out enough for everyone to feel confident wearing this style of dress. A-line cuts work really well for practically everyone, including those with apple shaped figure. Usually, moving the waist up slightly is enough to create a flattering silhouette.

Simple things like offering your bridesmaids a choice of sleeve lengths can also make a huge difference to how good they look, and, importantly, how comfortable they feel. A friend with well-toned arms is going to feel happy wearing a short-sleeved dress, while someone with flabby arms is likely to prefer longer sleeves. If you want everyone to look as similar as possible, the best approach is to opt for ¾ length sleeves.

How To Choose Bridesmaid Dresses That Flatter
Another option is to give each bridesmaid the chance to accessorize slightly differently. Perhaps offering those who want to cover up a bit more the chance to add a shrug, or wrap, to their outfit.

As you can see, there are plenty of ways to make sure that your bridesmaids look their best, on your special day. If you are looking for inspiration and bridesmaid dress ideas, this online wedding boutique is a great place to find some. I particularly like the fact that many dresses sold there are designed to flatter the fuller figure. Sadly, many bridesmaid gown designers do not cater for this body type. Therefore, it is refreshing to find a retailer that sells dresses, which also flatter curvier women.

Images from the wedding scoop and style me pretty

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